Browns Hire Kokinis as GM

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn (10) runs under pressure from Buffalo Bills' Terrence McGee (24) during the first quarter of the NFL football game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., Monday, Nov. 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Don Heupel)
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Baltimore pro personnel director George Kokinis has been hired as Cleveland's general manager, reuniting him with new Browns coach and close friend Eric Mangini.

Kokinis, who began his NFL career as an intern in the Browns'
operations department in 1991, was hand-picked by Mangini, who
recommended him during an interview to Browns owner Randy Lerner.
Mangini took over as Cleveland's coach on Jan. 7, just one week
after he was fired following three seasons with the New York Jets.

Determined to match a coach and GM who can work well together
after the Romeo Crennel-Phil Savage relationship failed, Lerner is
teaming up a pair of friends who shared an apartment when they
first broke into the league and have remained tight.